naissance de l'opéra

The birth of opera

The year 1600 is often cited to pinpoint the birth of opera. Arguably the most illustrious genre in all of written Western classical music, it was certainly not born by chance, and even before this significant date, various forms of performance had already begun to flourish in Northern Italy, unknowingly fanning the dying ambers of the Renaissance. The works presented in this section tell the story of those few years when, through the genre of opera, the entire art of music-making was transitioning into the 'modern' period.

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